Spirals within spirals

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Jan 302016

Carlos Alberto Augusto’s new opera — “TMIE: on the threshold of the outside world” (TMIE is an acronym for Trans Membrane Inner Ear) — for soprano and electronic track, interleaves three stories of audition and spirals. A single soprano plays three women — a Selene goddess, a deaf astronomer named Henrietta Leavitt who “heard what the stars were telling her”, and Beverly Biderman, a Canadian who underwent cochlear implant surgery to regain the pleasure of music.

Augusto produced the electronic track entirely in Kyma using roulette curves applied to different sonic parameters.

The libretto is based, among other texts, on books by Beverly Biderman and George Johnson.

The work, a Miso Music Portugal production with support from Widex Portugal, premiers on February 25th in Lisbon at the O’culto da Ajuda venue with two more performances on the 26th and 27th, and will start touring Portugal later this year.


Soap Bubbles and Kyma 7

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Jan 262016

Composer/producer Miguel Gil is working on new improvisation project featuring Kyma 7 and the poems of Fernando Pessoa

In this video, featuring Lucía Flor-Laguna (voice), Jorge Cabadas (guitar) and Miguel Gil (Kyma 7 and sax), you can see Miguel using a Wacom tablet to elegantly perform a synthesis model and to process and capture the audio from the other performers using Kyma 7.

Here’s the poem:

Las pompas de jabón
(Fernando Pessoa)

Las pomas de jabón que este chiquillo
se entretiene en soltar por la pajita
son, traslúcidamente, toda una filosofía.
Claras, inútiles y pasajeras como la Naturaleza,
amigas de los ojos como las cosas,
son lo que son
con una precisión redondita y aérea,
y nadie, ni aun el niño que las suelta,
pretende que sean más que lo que parecen ser.
Algunas apenas se ven en el aire lúcido.
Son como la brisa, que apenas roza las flores al pasar
y de la que tan sólo sabemos que pasa
porque algo se aligera en nosotros
y todo lo acepta más nítidamente.

Kyma morphing workshop in London

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Jan 182016

Have you ever wanted to do audio morphing like this?


UK Kyma Users’ group organizer Simon Smith announces that the second meeting of the group will take place at the University of West London, Ealing on the Saturday 20th of February from 10:30 am to 4:30pm and will feature a morphing masterclass by Pete Johnston.


Simon Smith

Charlie Norton, Kyma user and senior lecturer at University of West London, has generously agreed to host the event at the University music studios. The day will consist of a Masterclass/Workshop in the morning then after lunch, mingling, brainstorming and sharing of Kyma tips and hints. Also this will be an ideal opportunity to talk to the local organisers of this year’s Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS2016) in Leicester UK: Craig Vear and Simon Smith.

If you would like to morph your own sounds at the workshop, please bring your Kyma system with headphones and some sound files you wish to morph.

To reserve a space, please email organizer Simon Smith.

Acoustic guitar, live Kyma processing concerts

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Jan 142016

Guitarist Dan Lippel and composer Scott Miller are collaborating on several upcoming concerts in St. Cloud and Minneapolis Minnesota featuring acoustic guitar and live interactive processing of the guitar and the acoustics of the space through Kyma:

January 15, 2016 @ 8pm @ The Nest Above the Pickled Loon (St. Cloud, MN)

January 16, 2016 @ 8pm Gut, Lungs, & Silicon (Minneapolis)

January 17, 2016 @ 7pm @ The Nicollet (Minneapolis)

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